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Elisabeth Bekers

Elisabeth Bekers

Professor, Linguistics and Literary Studies


Prof. dr. Elisabeth Bekers is senior lecturer of British & Postcolonial Literature at Vrije Universiteit Brussel. She teaches literatures in English in the BA and MA programmes in Linguistics and Literary Studies at VUB, in the MA in African Studies at the University of Ghent and in the Flemish interuniversity MA in Gender and Diversity. Her research focuses on literature from the African continent and diaspora, with a particular interest in image and knowledge production, canon formation and intersectionality. Currently she is working on neo-slave narratives by Black British women writers and, as part of an international network, on the ways in which Europe has been imagined by authors from afar. She is the author of Rising Anthills: African and African American Writing on Female Genital Excision, 1960–2000 (University of Wisconsin Press 2010) and co-editor of several volumes and special issues, including Critical Interrogations of the Interrelation of Creativity and Captivity (Life Writing, Taylor and Francis 2018), a bilingual book on Brussels and literature entitled Brussel schrijven/ Écrire Bruxelles (ASP-VUB Press 2016), Imaginary Europes: Imaginary Europes (Journal of Postcolonial Writing, Taylor and Francis 2015; selected as SPIB (special issue as book) by Routledge 2017) and a Matatu volume on Transcultural Modernities: Narrating Africa in Europe (Rodopi/Brill 2009). At VUB she is member of the Centre for Literary and Intermedial Crossings (CLIC) and the Centre of Expertise Gender, Diversity and Intersectionality (RHEA). She is co-director of the international research project Imaginary Europes and the Platform for Postcolonial Readings for junior researchers in the field. She is member of the Advisory board of Africa Book Link and manages the Black British Women Writers network and website.


Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Pleinlaan 2
1050 Brussels